Gold Creek Trail Hike April 2021

Views of the olympics from Gold Creek Trail
Views of the olympics from Gold Creek Trail

Gold Creek trail on Green mountain is just a short drive from Bremerton and a fantastic out and back with panoramic views of the Olympics and lots of elevation gain for the short 2.5 mile hike.

Getting to Gold Creek Trail
Getting to Gold Creek Trail

The trailhead at Gold Creek is just a short drive from Bremerton (less than 20 minutes) and an easy hour from the Puyallup area where we started from. We lost cell service in the last 10-15 minutes of the drive though so better have the directions plugged in early!

Gold Creek Trailhead satellite map
Gold Creek Trailhead satellite map

The trailhead requires a Discover pass to park for free as you are within a State Forest. There is ample parking at the trailhead. However, when we came back down around noon, it had mostly filled up. The hike will take you anywhere from 1.5-2.5 hours total depending on the fitness level of your group.

At the trailhead parking there are two trails that aren’t marked clearly. The northern most trail is Gold Creek Trail. The southern side of the parking lot trail entrance is a different trail with what we were told included significant challenging elevation gain to start out.

gold creek trail heavily forested
Gold creek trail heavily forested

A good portion of the trail looks like the above pic. Heavily forested and going up up and up. The elevation gain total is around 1000 ft over 2.5 miles. A great place to get some exercise!

hood canal and olympics from gold creek trail
Hood canal and Olympics from gold creek trail

After about 1.5-2 miles climbing you are rewarded with some fantastic panoramic views of the Olympics and Hood Canal right around the clear cut area. I could see our Hood Canal shrimping spot from up there!

We did this hike in April and it hadn’t rained much in the past week, so the trail was fairly dry. I could see there being some challenging during periods of heavy rain for the tennis shoe approach here.

Also, this is a mixed use hiking trail. We yielded the trail on the way down to some dirt bikes who were making their way up. Overall, there wasn’t a ton of traffic for a Saturday hiking trail with views as spectacular as what we experienced.

Also also! We passed by a fair amount of huckleberry bushes that come August should yield an amazing foraging opportunity!

Blueberry picking near Tacoma

Plentiful free blueberries
Plentiful free blueberries are available on hundreds of bushes

Blueberries are one of the healthiest foods on the planet, and can be easily purchased at at nearby grocery store. However, berry picking is also one of the easiest and fun activities to get your family outdoors, harvesting their own food in the Pacific Northwest. There are plenty of U Pick options out there for a fee, but how about completely free U Pick blueberries?

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U Pick Strawberries Puyallup June 2019

Red all the way through
Red all the way through!

If you’re like me, you find most store bought strawberries to be basically inedible. They look red and appealing on the outside, but they are all white and tasteless on the inside. Disgusting! If you’ve never experienced the above pictured berry, which is red and delicious all the way through, you are missing out on one of the most delectable treats of the entire Pacific Northwest!

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